Being a fresh new to counseling and psychotherapy concepts of mental health, Cambodia is recently being equipped with effective and evidenced-based practices to restore the well-being of survivors to traumatic experiences in the past and other most at risk population who are suffered from psycho-social problems. Recognized by American Psychiatric Association (APA) in 2004 as an effective treatment for the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), EMDR has also taken its first journey to Cambodia since 2008. At the meantime, a number of Cambodian psychologists fourteen and psychiatrists two were trained in EMDR both in the country and abroad. By the end of 2011, three of EMDR practitioners were selected to take another level of EMDR training to become EMDR supervisors. An initiative idea to meeting up all the professional trained Cambodian psychologists and psychiatrists in EMDR to set up an association for the sake of mental health improvement was also emerged at the same time.
Since mid-2012, the need of the establishment of an association to represent EMDR therapists in Cambodia was clear. The name of the association was officially approved and known as EMDR Cambodia in early 2013. EMDR Cambodia started its own journey with a clear organizational structure and by law under technical and financial supports from EMDR Switzerland, EMDR Germany and the Mekong Project in Cambodia and EMDR Asia. Mr. BUNNA Phoeun was elected to be President of EMDR Cambodia follow by Mr. PLAKTIN OM who is the Vice President and Ms. Samchit SEREY is the Treasurer. EMDR Cambodia would also like to present our Advisory Boards who are always and tremendously contribute their times and efforts to the development and the continuation of EMDR Cambodia since the first baby step up to now. With the presence of the Advisory Boards we have a great honor to have Ms. Hanna Egli, EMDR Supervisor and Facilitator and President of HAP Switzerland, to be the Chairperson of the Advisory Boards, Ms. Nhong Hema, Psychologist and Vice Dean of Faculty of Social Science and Humanities of the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia to be an Advisory Boards member and Dr. Sombat Tapanya, Clinical Psychologist and a Professor from Chiengmai University, Thailand to be also an Advisory Boards member.
EMDR Cambodia looks forward to the utilizing and contributing its member’s professional skills to improve the mental health situation of Cambodian people particularly those who are survivors from traumatic experience in the past.